Installing XJ40 Tail lamp lenses

Below is a series of photos illustrating the steps required to perform this task. The photos also show the internal configuration and the secondary lenses which cannot be seen until the old lens is cut off the assembly. Taillight lens replacement on these cars is not a simple process, as the lenses are glued to the bulbholder assemblies. The procedure requires careful removal of the original lens from the taillight assembly. The following images expose what lies below the outer lens. Original 1992 Jaguar Vanden Plas Rear taillight lens.

Installed Tail Light
Installed Tail Light

Remove bulb holder. Remove 4 nuts at each corner of taillight.

Front of taillight assembly.

Rear of taillight assembly.

Remove chrome trim from Vanden Plas assembly (if applicable).

Cut around edge being careful not to damage inner lenses that are 1/4” or so under the outer clear lens. Remove plastic outer lens from assembly by snipping small pieces.

Remove all of the original lens from the deep groove.

On the Vanden Plas lens, notice the dark and clear pieces. The dark pieces are from around the edge

Paint the rear face of the new lens edges black.

Set the inner lenses into position (loose - not glued) and glue the new outer lens into the groove using epoxy. Reinstall the chrome trim.